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Light Only Where It’s Needed: Van Duysen for Flos

Spine is the new collection of adjustable outdoor projectors. The possibility of rotating the lighting body at 270 degrees, allowing to direct the light as precisely as possible

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28/03/2022 - Bringing light only where it is needed. Flos Outdoor presents Spine, the new family of adjustable outdoor projectors designed by Vincent Van Duysen.

With this project, the Belgian architect reinterprets the classic outdoor spotlight, an instrument that is generally considered anonymous and very difficult to characterize into a product of excellence. Spine is a projectors collection with an ultra-compact design and a fundamental feature: the possibility of rotating the lighting body at 270 degrees, allowing to direct the light as precisely as possible, when and how it is required.
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The projector’s name explains its innovativeness: Spine means in fact backbone, an image recalled by the joint of the lighting body, which can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically by 360 and 270 degrees, respectively. The joint is equipped with a graduated scale to obtain maximum precision in pointing the light. All electrical connections are hidden in the base of the projector, making Spine a family with a clean, seamless design.
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In the creation of Spine, the main goal was to work on the hinges and achieve a perfect rotational movement", says Van Duysen. "There is a lot of engineering experience coming from Flos: the result is a simple structure with a complex technology behind it. Spine boasts a very graphic element for the hinge, the base and the point: the cylinder. The interlocking is the signature of the collection and includes a cylinder that is perpendicular to the base and the spotlight, and two other cylinders. The cooling area is a recessed dotted grid. Overall, the design is very essential as we wanted to avoid having a collection that felt too technical compared to a basic and clean structure. The range includes plug-in accessories to vary and recalibrate the light beam, which is more focused than the diffused one. We also covered several scopes with different sizes: 70 to 90mm diameter”.
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One identity, many models, infinite combinations

 
The idea behind Spine is that of a product capable of satisfying the most diverse needs, from high-end residential to hospitality through restaurants and the redevelopment projects of ancient villages and hamlets. To allow and support this flexibility, Spine was turned into a family divided into different models, all characterized by the same aesthetic identity. Two sizes are available (with a diameter of 70 mm or 90 mm) and three products with as many different types of light beam. 
 
There is Absolute, with an essential selection of light beams (Spot and Flood); there is Pro, with a complete set of professional beam apertures and a more sophisticated lighting performance; and finally there is Ultra, offering the utmost visual comfort thanks to an integrated snoot and the possibility of incorporating an additional visor, perfect to fulfill the most complex installations.
 
Another feature that makes Spine a unique and perfect family for any project is the large availability of accessories: from the base and earthspike installation to the possibility of multiple installation on poles, that can transform the projector into a bollard with an adjustable head; and other accessories for the lighting control, from the snoot passing through the honeycomb and other essential filters to control glare and obtain specific effects.
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Structure and finishes

 
The structure of Spine is in cast aluminum powder coated with ACT (anti-corrosion treatment), equipped with transparent extra clear glass. The exclusive optical unit integrated in a rear position in the body of the product guarantees extreme visual comfort, thanks to the use of patented lenses, developed internally by Flos Outdoor, while at the same time maintaining a high lighting performance.
 
Spine is available in six finishes (White, Black, Deep Brown, Anthracite, Gray and Forest Green). Its double-layer powder coating underwent a surface chemical conversion treatment which guarantees high resistance to mechanical movement, corrosion and UV rays.
 
Available from April 2022, Spine represents one of the most important innovations of the Flos Outdoor Manifesto, the new catalog for those who deal with outdoor lighting and which unifies the Ares and Flos Outdoor products in a single reference tool for architects and lighting designers.

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